Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feliz Navidad

Hey everyone hows it going ? ¡Feliz Navidad

So this week wasnt that bad since alot of people are out of town and stuff like that.On Tuesday we got a new Investigator, his name is Jarold. Jarold is a super funny and relaxed person, we taught him talked to him for a little before we had to go. We met with a referral from our Bishop after Jarolds house. Daryl is his name. WE went to his house and he told us that he wants help  so he can stop smoking, we told him about our stop smoking program and everything. He seemed very interested. Wednesday we all met at the stake center and practiced out skit for our Christmas Devotional. Later on that day we went to see the Hanks and talked to them about lesson 3"The gospel of Jesus Christ". We asked them  if we could help them move and they said they love that. Im going to cry when they leave.... Its hard to say goodbye to someone who you made a connection with and really enjoyed seeing, It reminds me of when i left home. We ended the night at Ruby and Bato's house. We talked to them about Lehi's Vison - the tree of life. Jesica ( Ruby's granddaughter) liked it alot. Thursday we  drove down to Westminister to our Christmas Devotional we had it from 9-2. It was crazy fun !!!!!!!!!!!  We went to Jarold's later that day and we found out the he read almost all of Alma since we talked to him last and had alot of questions.  we told him to pray about the questions he has and they will  come to him in due time. Friday- we  went to the Bowlers house. ( family in our ward the is struggling.) We decided to  share a spiritual message with them about Hope and Faith. My Favorite scripture to use for Faith and Hope is(Ether 12:4) look it up and you will see why its my favorite for that. After I read the scripture i looked up and brother Bowler was in tears. he told me that was  what he needed to hear. The  power the Scriptures have is so amazing it blows my mind. We went to see Eli brackett right after and we talked to him about the plan of salvation he is a recent convert of a few months and is 10 years old. Saturday we say Andi Cory and talked to her about church and hows she is doing. She is trying to get sundays off so she can go to church and bring her son. Later that night we say Linsey ( one of our investigators) we talked to her about life and how her reading is going and stuff. She wants to get baptized but she is waiting for Jesse her finance  to get an answer so they can do it together.Sunday- we had an Investigator at church Nilli, she liked it alot which is good haha.  we say the greysin our ward and gave their children a blessing. We went to a new Move ins house later that night to introduce ourselfs. His name is Issaiah Magalei. He played football at BYU in the 90's super cool guy! he is a Poly and everyone knows how nice and generous they are. he fed us and talked to us about life and where we are from and stuff like that. thats all for the weekly report. Today for P-day we are playing dodgeball..... Everyone back home knows how competitive i get when it comes to sports and knows how hard a throw a dodgeball... THIS SHOULD BE FUN...... FOR ME!!!  ill let you guys know about the outcome next week. Im looking forward to skyping home on wednesday. oh i forgot. the family we are staying with asked my companion and i what we wanted for Christmas so we told them and they got us what we wanted.  we told them they didnt have to do that, they said we want to. so guess who got a Duck Dynasty Duck call ????? ......... this guy !!! 

Love Elder Ruiz

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Goodbye Elder Hauck!

Hey Everyone  hows it going?
this morning was sad, my companion Elder Hauck left this morning to head to
Brazil. I know he is going to do a great job there, I'm sad that He left.
 So Tuesday we saw Nilli Merchant and she is doing very well she got sick
 this week so we only got to see her once. We talked to her about the gospel
 of Jesus Christ and she has some good questions. Later that day we saw
Isaiah and Amanda. We talked to Amanda about Obedience, the word of wisdom,
 and the Law of chastity. it was a good lesson  the spirit was very strong
 in their home. Wednesday we were on exchanges  but got 3 lessons. Thursday
 we met with the Grays ( a less active family.) we talked to them for a
 little and then talked about lesson 1. We soon after gave Sister Gray a
 blessing because she was sick and wanted us to give her one.Friday  we saw
 Sister Maximoff. We talked to her about the temple and family history. We
 finished off the night at Ethel Day's house. We only talked to her for a
 few minutes because she wasn't feeling well but we told her got loves her
 and will help her if she has enough faith in him. She called back Saturday
 and told us that she was feeling normal again and thanked us but we told
 her it was her faith in god that helped her. Saturday we went to lunch with
 A family that Elder Hauck lived with back in his first area. Elder Tonga
 and his companion came with us and we  had a good time. We went to the food
 bank for the volunteer party and Elder AH FOOK won a blow up mattress!!! We
 had our ward Christmas party and Elder Hauck and I had a part in the
 program!! we had to read a story called "The Two Brothers". WE finished our
 night at the Pistora's house, we talked to them about come to church and
 listening to the lessons again when they aren't super busy. Sunday we had
 church. We went around to see families so Elder Hauck could say goodbye to
them. We stopped by Isaiah and Amanda's house and elder Hauck gave them
 some gifts, Isaiah was a little sad because he was leaving. We finished off
 our night at the bishops house and the bishop and his wife took a picture
 of us and sent it to our Mothers.  We had 19 total lessons this week. Thats
 all for today  love you all.

 Love Elder RUIZ

Dec 2nd Update

Hey everyone!! how's it going?? 
so on Tuesday we met with a member named braylan and talked with him for a little before going to Isaiah's house. We talked to Isaiah more about the commandments and stuff. After we got a call from an investigator named Ethel who is in a wheelchair, she asked us if we could drop off a envelop filled with money to her son who needed to pay his rent that day or he would have to move. So elder Hauck and I drove over to her house and asked her where he lived and it was a couple miles outside our area. elder Hauck and i for some reason didnt want to say no so we left our area to help an elderly lady and her son, when we got to his house he was in tears and thanked us for delivering the money from his mom. We talked to him a little longer and found out that he had a son that died 2 months ago he was 6 years old... We told him that our message can help him and his family with the difficult time they are going through and we asked him if he would be interested in our message and before we could finish saying those words he said 'yes I want to hear more about it,I want to hear to whole thing." so since he was out of our area we referred him to the missionaries out there. Thats why we couldnt say no to Ethel, the lord put this man in front of us because he needed help. Everyone knows that I will go out of my way to help someone who is in need because I love everyone i meet. later on that day we met with Ethel and talked to her more about the gospel. Wednesday we went to see a referral from Salt lake, Nilli Merchant, she is super cool! we saw here and talked about lesson 1 and we think she will be ready for baptism soon. we also saw the Hanks and watched the Restoration with them and made it fun! we had hot coco, popcorn and candy!! we finished off the night at Ruby and Bato's house and read with them. Thursday we had a district meeting so we couldn't play football with our ward members... lame!! after the district meeting me went to a members home and ate thanksgiving lunch. later that day we went to the Stanley Lake ward Elders Members house and watched the Ravens and Steelers game, and got to look at the new Xbox 1. Friday was kinda slow so we didnt do much just checked up on someone and thats about it.Saturday we went to the park and played football with some members and non members for a few hours. The language the non members used reminded me of home.  we helped the Huntley's in our ward move to their new house and talked to one of their neighbors while helping them move. We went around that night and reminded our investigator about church the next day.Sunday i went to church without my suit jacket because We were late to the Dry cleaners so that was a fun experience. We had 3 investigator at church yesterday and a less active member Ann Miller (Amanda's mom) the 3 were Isaiah and Amanda, and Renea Cubic. they all loved church!! last night for dinner we had breakfast at a members house.They told us to come over a little early to watch the rest of the Broncos game! so we watched the 3rd and 4th quarter then had dinner. I love the people here, they all watch the sports game as long as its a Colorado Team. so we dont miss out on sports at all. all the members tell us what happen in sports so Im not sad that Im missing sports. we finished off the night at Ruby and Bato's house. we had 19 total lessons this week. Love and miss you all!

Elder Ruiz